Oct 4, 2012 5:00am PDT
medicare as well. romney off to virginia today with paul ryan for his post-debate rally there today and in fact virginiaes one of the states that our polls showed right before this debate where he's starting to close the gap. the president after having another rally here is off to wisconsin where he'll speak to a college crowd, familiar crowd for the president. perhaps a little more comfortable than last night. some of the spin after that debate last night and some of the instant polls are giving this one to romney. some of that spin saying that the president wasn't quite as passionate as many even democrats thought he might be. of course we've got two more debates to go. marla. >> thank you very much. >>> so-called experts on both sides of the aisle say mitt romney did have the better performance. right now santa clara political university professor jim cottrell, i think many were surprised to see mitt romney animated, connected and passi passiona passionate. >> he seemed very polished, seemed very prepared and exuded confidence. i think in comparison to obama, he was -- obama was
Oct 3, 2012 9:00am EDT
romney's proposed with paul ryan an ambitious reformation of the program that would go to voucher, but he hasn't said what the level of the voucher would be or the growth rate in the voucher. if you don't specify that, you can't specify what your savings will be or the impact on consumers. and finally president obama last year in the grand bargain talks with house speaker boehner talked about more ambitious proposals than medicare than he's advocated so far like raising the eligibility age from 65 to 67. hasn't said a word about that in the election campaign so far. you can expect the two to clash on that issue, as well. >> john, i know you've looked at some poll numbers from the journal and nbc news. maybe a slight tightening on a national level. but certainly in some important states like ohio, the president continues to lead. i know you've said the romney strategists believe they need ohio. if it's mathematically possible to win without it, why do they still believe they need it? >> well, because if you don't win ohio, you're probably not going to win, say, wisconsin, which is another
Oct 3, 2012 6:00pm PDT
, the idea came not even from paul ryan or senator wide on who is the coauthor of the bill with paul ryan in the senate but it came from bill clinton's chief of staff. this is an idea that's been around a long time which is saying hey let's see if we can't get competition into the medicare world so that people can get the choice of different plans at lower cost, better quality. i believe in competition. >> jim if i can just respond very quickly. first of all every study has shown that medicare has lower administrative cost than private insurance does, which is why seniors are generally pretty happy with it. and private insurers have to make a profit. nothing wrong with that. that's what they do. and so you've got higher administrative costs plus profit on top of that and if you are going to save any money through what governor romney's proposing, what has to happen is that the money has to come from somewhere. and when you move to a voucher system, you are putting seniors at the mercy of those insurance companies and over time if traditional medicare has decayed or fallen apart then they'